3rd May 2017

Support hospice with swathes of snowdrops

St Richard’s Hospice is encouraging schools to plant swathes of snowdrops to help support their care, growing a scheme which saw pupils plant 10,000 of the spring plants last year.

In 2016, twelve schools took part in the fun and educational snowdrops project, raising over £2,700 for the charity’s care and support of people affected by life-limiting illness.

 Over  2,300 children of all ages enjoyed planting snowdrops bulbs and plants which were kindly donated by St Peter’s Garden Centre. The children will be able to enjoy the sight of new life every spring in their Forest Schools or school grounds, as the flowers begin to bloom.

More schools will be able to take part in the hospice’s snowdrop project over the coming year. Students will have the opportunity to plant these much loved British flowers in their own school gardens, and watch them grow each year.

Jayne Sargeant, community fundraiser, said: “It’s delightful to see the snowdrops being planted in so many schools across the county. St Richard’s chose the snowdrop as its symbol, as this flower signifies hope at the beginning of spring. We are very grateful to all the local schools who support the hospice and help us continue to offer specialist care to patients and their loved ones.”

If local schools would like to take part in this project, please contact Jayne Sargeant on 01905 763963, or visit www.strichards.org.uk/plant-a-snowdrop

St Richard’s Hospice provides free specialist palliative care for patients living with life-limiting illnesses and supports their loved ones. Each year the hospice team supports over 2,600 patients and family members in Worcestershire.

The hospice strives to provide the best medical, practical, emotional and social support they can to help people live life to the fullest, as independently as they can, for as long as they can.

St Richard’s is an independent charity and is grateful for all donations to help it continue its work.